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Funeral Director Class 2 (Non-Embalming)

Funeral Director Class 2 (Non-Embalming) (2016-2017)

How to Apply

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Program Length

Four semesters, beginning in September


Funeral Director Class 2 (Non-Embalming)

Contact Information

Michelle Clarke, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4260


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $4,001.78
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

Approximately $1,200 for textbooks and lab fees in year one.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberClosed

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program.

Additional Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program and prior to the start of classes, the following requirements must be completed:
• Criminal reference check (this program does not require Vulnerable Sector Screening).
• Valid Class G Driver’s Licence (previous licence suspension may restrict employment). The Class G Driver’s license is a requirement of most funeral homes. Anyone who does not have a driver’s license will have a difficult time securing employment for their work placement.
• You must obtain at least two of the three series Hepatitis B vaccine and a Two-Step Tuberculin (TB) Skin Test. Although you will not be in the presence of deceased individuals during your education on campus, you will be during your work placement. Funeral homes expect their staff to take precautions to avoid becoming ill. This process may take up to three months to complete so make sure you give yourself enough time to complete these requirements.

Our Program

Humber’s Funeral Director Class 2 (Non-Embalming) diploma program draws students from around the world, preparing them to make a difference in the lives of people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. This is the only English-speaking Funeral Service Education program in Ontario.

Courses are designed with industry input, ensuring that what you’re learning is current and relevant. You will learn all aspects of funeral home operation, as well as the practical and theoretical sides of funeral service. Courses in issues of grief and bereavement prepare you for the emotional side while courses in arranging, ethics and introduction to embalming will enable you to explain all options to families in arrangements. Business courses will help you understand the challenges of operating a business.

The use of the funeral service labs will aid you in gaining practical experience, as well as a six-month paid work placement with co-operating funeral homes in Ontario.

Humber also offers a Funeral Director Class 1 (Embalming) program.

List of Courses

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Your Career

Take your passion for caring for people into a career in funeral services. If you are a compassionate and tolerant person with a strong desire to help people of all sociocultural backgrounds, you will have a fulfilling career in this field. Graduates can work as a junior licensed funeral director, funeral pre-planner, transfer service sales representative and in other roles. Because this is a new program, graduation employment rates are not available.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Humber is recognized as one of two programs (the only English program) in Ontario approved by the Board of Funeral Services. After completing the program and placement, graduates must complete an exam in order to be licensed. Once licensed, graduates are eligible to work in any of Ontario’s funeral homes and can apply to transfer their license to other provinces. There is an additional cost for certifications. Examinations are administered by the Bereavement Authority of Ontario.

Our Industry Partnerships

Industry partners make Humber’s Funeral Director Class 2 (Non-Embalming) diploma program a success. Our partnership with the Ontario Board of Funeral Services allows students to complete their education while performing a work placement. Many of Ontario’s funeral homes are also partners in ensuring students receive relevant, practical experience as part of their education.

Industry partners also assist in the selection process of students for this program. One of the admission requirements is previous observation or work in a funeral home. Funeral directors who supervise this experience provide evaluation of a candidate’s suitability.

Work Placement

The Ontario Board of Funeral Services, the provincial regulator, requires students of the Funeral Director, Class 2 program to complete a six-month work placement before they can be licensed. To progress into semester three, students must start a full-time (paid) work placement in a funeral home after they have successfully completed exams in semester two. Semesters three and four are completed by distance and many of the assignments are based on the practical experience they are gaining in the funeral home. Humber assists students as they find their placements by working with our industry partners to identify openings; funeral homes will often send job postings to Humber. Students are responsible for finding their own work placement with an Ontario funeral home.

For further information, visit Field/Clinical Placement.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit Transfer Options for detailed information.


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